In a recent Nintendo Direct focused on the Japanese market, Guild02 was confirmed for the region, a trio of eShop downloads — as opposed to the retail release of Guild01 — published by Level-5 and produced by some of the most respected names in the industry. With three of the four Guild01 titles arriving in the West as individual eShop downloads, the announcement certainly gave us optimism that they'd arrive in PAL regions and North America in the future.
That possibility became a little stronger today, with Siliconera tracking down two trademarks in the U.S. for Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, both filed by Level-5. In the first you use tanks to fight enormous bugs — as the title makes clear — and comes from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, while The Starship Damrey is an adventure game from Dragon Quest IV developer Kazuya Asano, in which you've lost your memory on a spaceship. Having checked the US trademark register these two are indeed there, though there's no sign of The Friday When The Monsters Appear, the third part of Guild02.
The recent arrival of Liberation Maiden on iOS suggests that these may just be timed exclusives on 3DS, but we certainly hope that these trademarks do pave the way for these games' eventual arrival on the eShop outside of Japan.
Have you tried any of the Guild01 games on the 3DS eShop, and are you keen for these new entries to make it West? Let us know, as always, with a comment.